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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Andy North’s Formula to Win US Open

Considering Andy North actually won a U.S. Open or two, his word holds slightly more credence than the standard analyst. Not really, but his formulas for predicting a winner are pretty cool. With that in mind, I would like to present the formula Andy North went through to arrive at a projected U.S. Open winner on ESPN. Check it out:

In case you can’t watch, I have transcribed the formula below …

    Winner from last week is out – Nobody who won the week before has gone on to win the U.S. Open, eliminating Justin Leonard

    Amateurs are out – Last was Johnny Goodman in 1933

    1st timers – Last was Francis Ouimet in 1913

    46 years or older

    Players from Europe or Asia – Last European or Asian winner was Tony Jacklin in 1970 (Jacklin is from the U.K.)

    Players ranked 100 or above – Last winner ranked over 100 was Steve Jones in 1996

    Green in Regulation/Putters per Round combined ranks over 100 – Need to putt well

This total formula leaves the following as candidates to win:

Stephen Ames, Aaron Baddeley, Stewart Cink, Ben Crane, Anthony Kim, Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Jeff Quinney, Vijay Singh, Steve Stricker, Mike Weir, Tiger Woods

    Players who haven’t won a major — Cut

That only leaves the following five candidates to win the U.S. Open:

Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Vijay Singh, Mike Weir, and Tiger Woods.

    Average U.S. Open winner is 32-years-old

And your 2008 U.S. Open champion is …

Tiger Woods!

Damn, I could have told you that without all the fuzzy formulas, either.



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